Happy Monday, friends! I hope you had a fabulous weekend. We spent ours mostly in our backyard but also got a lot accomplished in our master bathroom.
I’m thrilled with the progress we’ve made so far. Because it’s such a small space, everything is coming together pretty quickly in here.
The first thing we did (a few weeks ago) was to remove all the tile from the wall. It all came down really easily with just the use of a flathead screwdriver and a hammer. I put the screwdriver to the edge of the tile and tapped with the hammer until it popped off. They came off so easily that I did the entire bathroom in an hour.
We also had our plumber install the new vanity for us. Some of our plumbing needed to be updated so unfortunately this was an added expense we weren’t originally budgeting for – but better to do things correctly!
The next course of action was installing new floors. We had absolutely no desire to dig up our tile floors that are laid in 2 inch thick cement like we did in our half bath. We knew that could raise all sorts of issues so instead we opted for Luxury Vinyl Planks. These planks are so easy to install, you guys! They are a floating floor so they literally just click together and float over the existing tile. They are only a few millimeters thick, so they don’t cause any issues with transitions AND they are waterproof which means they are rated for bathroom and kitchen installation. I love them SO much that I think we’re going to do them in our kitchen later this year, too!
The brand we chose was Stainmaster in the color washed oak/dove gray. It’s the perfect grayish color that has a real farmhouse look to it. It reminds me of driftwood and I think it would be amazing in a beachy styled home, too.
Also, because they are vinyl, all you need to cut them is a utility knife. Literally, you just score and snap to cut them. Each plank snaps into the next so if you screw up all you have to do is pull them apart and re-do. It’s so easy!
Brian also got started on the beadboard over the weekend. Again, this is another really simple way to totally transform a room. I like wall treatments like this (or like the shiplap we previously did) because if your walls are in rough shape like ours are, it hides everything!
Since this bathroom has to deal with moisture from the shower, we chose the slightly more expensive vinyl beadboard. It’s a superior product in many ways – it doesn’t have to be painted, it’s moisture resistant and can be wiped clean. Just like the flooring, the pieces snap together. You will need a compound miter saw to get a clean cut on this, though.
The beadboard panels were attached to the wall using some liquid nails as well and our nail gun. It all looks a little rough until it gets caulked and spackled but I promise you it’s on track to be amazing!
The most difficult part of the beadboard installation is the chair rail that goes along the top. Again, you’re going to need that miter saw. The inner corners are easy to miter but the outer corners need to be bevelled which was a little trickier. But again, nothing that a little caulk can’t fix!
Here’s a little peak at our new vanity. Excuse the toilet paper!
Next on the to-do list?
- Caulk and spackle all the seams and nail holes and the gaps between the baseboards/floor and chair rail/wall.
- Retile around the shower (we had to remove some to accommodate the beadboard)
- Remove shower curtain and install a new door
- Refresh shower grout
- Reinstall toilet
- Touch up paint
- Make it look pretty with new accessories!
This bathroom already looks so much better so I’m excited to have it finished soon. I’m already working through the above list and I’m hoping to have everything finished in the next week – dependent upon whether my kids nap or not, of course!